Biden tries to find different solutions to Russia and China hacks during Trump administration
Joe Biden (AFP)

President Joe Biden is bringing together government agencies to come up with a different approach to foreign hacking after former President Donald Trump's government was hacked by Russia and China hacked Microsoft.

According to the New York Times, the hacks "exploited the same gaping vulnerability in the existing system: They were launched from inside the United States — on servers run by Amazon, GoDaddy and smaller domestic providers — putting them out of reach of the early warning system run by the National Security Agency."

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI were caught off-guard about the Russian hacks that happened over a year ago but weren't discovered until after the election.

After the Microsoft hacks, the company has tried to push out security updates, but it seems that every update "that code is being reverse-engineered by criminal groups and exploited to launch rapid ransomware attacks on corporations," The Times said, citing industry executives. "So a race is on — between Microsoft's efforts to seal up systems, and criminal efforts to get inside those networks before the patches are applied."

"When not one but two cyberhacks have gone undetected by the federal government in such a short period of time, it's hard to say that we don't have a problem," said Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). "The system is blinking red."

A senior adviser to Biden said that the team is looking for a whole new structure for cybersecurity and are seeking input from the private sector.

See the full report at the New York Times.